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American Art Deco 1930s Desk Light. @Deidra Brocké Wallace

Faïence Clepsydra: aka water clock. Egypt, 4th c. BC. One of the earliest known time-keeping devices, water clocks had inner markings which revealed time passed as water ran out of them.

Heart-shaped Tortoiseshell Flask India, 16th century

Celestial Globe with Clockwork, dated 1579 Movement by Gerhard Emmoser (Austrian, active 1556, died 1584) Made in Vienna, Austria

German 800 Silver Rooster Spice Box, circa 1890

A Turkish thirteenth-century bronze door handle in the form of dragons; here, they are positive symbols, intended to ward off evil. (The David Collection)

Clockwork toy Vintage car, by Gebruder Bing. Pressed steel. Germany, c.1920. Copyright © V Images -- All rights reserved.

Mechanical hen, by Yoneya Toys Co Ltd. Lithographed tinplate. Japan 1975-79. Copyright © Victoria and Albert Museum, London / V Images -- All rights reserved.

Pram & Wax Doll. England & Germany, 1880s. Copyright © Victoria and Albert Museum, London / V Images -- All rights reserved.

'Het Gouden Prentenboek' [1898 - 1948] by Piet Worm, 1948

Set of 5 Bourdet "L' Illustration" 1910 Paris Theatre magazines